The Heartland Won’t Implode: Gays May Marry in Iowa

In the aftermath of revelations that perfectly normal people such as Sheryl Swoopes, Neal Patrick Harris, former Gov. McGreevey, Rev. Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, and Senator Larry Craig are attracted to their own gender, Iowa rules that same sex couples may marry:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/30/iowa.samesexmarriage/index.html

Maybe this will cause some lovers to relocate to The Breadbasket. One day we’ll look back on all this drama about gender and matrimony the way some of us view past attitudes regarding race and marriage. Truth be known, people under 25 couldn’t care less.

BCB

Decision 2007: Craig May Resign

In the moment of truth (and possibly lies), Senator Larry Craig would come under too much criticism by his constituents and his legislative colleagues if he stayed in office- and he’s lost his committee memberships anyway:

www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/31/craig.arrest/index.html

Why face the scrutiny any longer (unless your name is Alberto Gonzales)? How poetic is the justice, in that the chief beneficiary of the indiscretions of Mark Foley, Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Bob Allen, and Craig will be a woman whose husband had extramarital sex in the Oval Office?

BCB

Idahoans to Craig: Don’t Tap Foot, Step Down

Most in the Potato State want their allegedly disgraced senator to take a hike:

www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/30/craig.arrest/index.html

As do of few of his GOP congressional colleagues:

(from the CNN piece)

…Sen. John McCain, a GOP presidential candidate, called Craig’s case “disgraceful.”

“My opinion is that when you plead guilty to a crime, then you shouldn’t serve,” McCain, of Arizona, told CNN. “And that’s not a moral stand, that’s not a ‘holier-than-thou,’ it’s just a factual situation.”

Another Republican senator, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, said Craig pleaded guilty to “a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator.”

And Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Craig should give up his Senate seat.

“The voters of Idaho elected Senator Craig to represent their state, and will decide his future in 2008 should he fail to resign,” the Michigan congressman said in a statement issued by his office. “However, he also represents the Republican Party, and I believe that he should step down, as his conduct throughout this matter has been inappropriate for a U.S. senator.”…

BCB

Buckeye Blackout: No Ohio State Football for Cincinnati Cable Subscribers

 this won’t go over well with grid fans:

Buckeyes blacked out
Network-cable fight keeps Ohio State off TV
BY DUSTIN DOW | DDOW@ENQUIRER.COM

The Big Ten Network debuts nationwide today with a robust schedule for 39 football games, 140 men’s basketball games and round-the-clock coverage of the most popular college sports conference in the country. Guess who won’t be watching: most of the 18 million cable subscribers living in the eight Big Ten states, including 650,000 Time Warner Cable subscribers in Southwest Ohio.

The high-stakes gamble over billions of programming dollars between the Big Ten Network and major cable companies has not ended with today’s launch. It has only intensified, drawing the attention of the rest of the college sports industry while continuing to keep games off television sets. Last season’s unavailable Ohio State-Indiana game on ESPNU could seem like a minor irritation to fans who might miss 18 Ohio State football and basketball games on the Big Ten Network.

“We knew it’d be like this,” Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said. “The big deals always come down to the last second. I’m feeling pressure to get it done now. It’s not looking likely that it’s going to happen soon with Time Warner.”…

BCB

What Makes a Comedian Good? A Blogger Opines

The Eyes for Lies blogger (who began her vacation as the Larry Craig story was breaking) observes the traits that make a person a talented comic, aided by her viewing of “Last Comic Standing”:

http://eyesforlies.blogspot.com/2007/08/comedians.html

Sometimes I wish she’d post her opinion on whether Barry Bonds is lying about having juiced, but she hasn’t seen him speak because she’s not aware of him.

BCB

Floyd Mayweather, Jane Seymour, Wayne Newton to Dance With “Stars”

Here’s the new lineup for one of America’s favorite shows:

www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/29/tv.dancingwiththestars.ap/index.html

Who will be the “two left feet” Clyde Drexler’s and Billy Ray Cyrus’ of the new bunch? Or the “don’t vote ’em off, we love him despite his dancing, or the lack thereof” Jerry Springer/John Ratzenberger fave? Any predictions?

BCB

The Changing Face: What Senator Craig Does For Gays

Recent men’s room allegations involving elected officials such as Florida’s Bob Allen and Idaho Senator Larry Craig will do more for the cause of gay rights than Bloody Sunday at Selma, Alabama, with state troopers pummeling peaceful college students, did for Negro voting rights. Until very recently, for many, the face of the American homosexual (particularly male- for some reason lesbianism doesn’t touch the same emotional buttons) was that of a perverted, aberrant individual, often typecast as a pedophile one would not want around schoolchildren. Your hairstylist. Your interior decorator. Your figure skater. In the Black community, the church choir director. Incidents concerning former Rep. Mark Foley, Catholic priests, Rev. Ted Haggard, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey and others, have shown us that sexual preference is not a monolithic definition of personality. It does not precludee fatherhood (or motherhood), public standing, athleticism, political conversvatism, or even religious devotion. When former NBA center John Amaechi, WNBA superstar and mom Sheryl Swoopes, and former “Doogie Howser, M.D.” star Neal Patrick Harris came “out”, we who didn’t already know, learned that their is no such thing as “the gay lifestyle”, that pedophilia and child molestation are not appendages of same-sex attraction, and that homosexuality has no face.

Fear is the root of bigotry. Though it was not the intent of Allen, Foley and Craig to show Americans that “we are just like you in virtually every way but one”, the result is the same. As many learned not to typify Black people after being exposed to all manner of Blacks, such will be the case with sexual preference. Eventually, some will learn that sexual preferences are not extremes, there are degrees within. That though homosexuality is rare in the populous, rarity and immorality are not synonymous (see “lefthandedness” and “redheads”). That there are no “gay professions”. Lance Bass, ex of the boy band ‘N Sync, is gay. What is more All-American that a boy band?

The Craig case does so much it difficult to even quantify the ripple effect. Imagine the discussion surrounding the Wyoming-set film “Brokeback Mountain”, its Academy Award potential, and the conservative talk show hosts, who, when asked if they had even seen it, stated, “I’m not interested in that kind of thing…”, taking place after the Craig bust? And henceforth, when a legislator voices a strong advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Act, he (and they will overwhelmingly be “he’s” and not she’s) will be viewed suspiciously. The old “…doth protest too much…” conundrum. The GOP will not have their trump card of family values to wave at Sen. Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign, since it is her marriage that is a paragon of sanctity and forgiveness, not many of theirs. Marriage will still be an election issue- Bob Allen and Larry Craig have wives, as does Haggard. Had Rep. Harold Ford been married in 2006, he might be a member of the U.S. Senate. Voters still care about a politicians’ values. But after Craig, those who claim they are out to protect marriage will not always be trusted as being faithful, or even completely heterosexual in theirs. Just as Ford may have avoided the blonde Playboy smear had he been married, many Idaho voters would not have chosen Craig had they known he is gay.

So while Rev. Ted Haggard seeks a “cure” for his attraction to men, and Senator Craig and Rep. Allen assert that their bathroom moves were misinterpreted by undercover cops, America is slowly seeing that farmer, fisherman, cowboy, athlete, teen idol or spiritual leader, homosexuals are us, their attractions are natural, are no more a matter of “choice” than heterosexual attractions or attraction to tall people, and the boogeyman/freak approach to human sexuality is inappropriate. If all those things be the case, homosexuals should be no more denied a marriage license that Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez, and are no threat to the “institution”. When our attitudes mature, and catch up with science, male conservative preachers and legislators will no longer have to sneak around to satisfy their desires, as many Black Americans once sought to “pass” for white.

BCB

Not Sauced in Space: Astronauts Sober, But Nowak is Nuts

Why do we call eccentric individuals “space cadets”? There may not be any evidence that Shuttle astronauts flew under the influence. But Lisa Nowak does admit she’s subject to fits of insanity:

www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/08/28/nasa.astronauts/index.html

Oh well, you can’t have everything. After all, the root of the word “lunatic” does mean moon.

BCB

Larry Craig is on His Own With That Restroom Story

The GOP, who tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having extramarital sex with a woman, is not standing by Idaho Senator Larry Craig for allegedly soliciting bathroom sex with a man:

www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/29/craig.arrest/index.html

an excerpt:

“…He has supported a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In 1996, Craig also voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages and prevents states from being forced to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples legally performed in other states.

Craig also has opposed expanding the federal hate crimes law to cover offenses motivated by anti-gay bias and, in 1996, voted against a bill that would have outlawed employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, which failed by a single vote in the Senate.

The police officer who arrested him June 11 said Craig peered through a crack in a restroom stall door for two minutes and made gestures suggesting to the officer he wanted to engage in “lewd conduct.”

Craig said the officer misinterpreted his actions.

Craig pleaded guilty August 8 to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, according to Minnesota criminal records.

The senator said he “chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of making it go away. I did not seek any counsel, either from an attorney, staff, friends or family. That was a mistake, and I deeply regret it.”…’

Hypocritical politicians such as Craig and Mark Foley, and pastors such as Ted Haggard, may unintentionally be doing more to advance the American understanding of homosexuality, and sympathy towards those living a closeted life than most of us realize.

UPDATE:

“…State party officials are standing by Craig in their public comments, but some privately say that the senator is ruined. One conservative leader, though, was unequivocal:

“I believe he should resign because I believe character is an extremely important qualification for public service,” said Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance. “And I believe the senator, by his own admission, has acknowledged that he has fallen short of the standard that we should expect from public servants.”

Uh, what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

FURTHER UPDATE:

‘…”We’re disappointed in what’s going on. It’s a matter for the senator and the Senate Republican leadership to address,” deputy White House press secretary Scott Stanzel said.

“We hope that it will be resolved quickly, as that would be in the best interests of the Senate and the people of Idaho,” Stanzel said…’

Is GOP and White House disappointment rooted in Craig’s hidden sexual preference, or his chose of venue in which to act on it?

BCB

Deep Water: Senator Larry Craig is in The Nile

The conservative Idaho Republican vehemently denies being gay. That’s what Rev. Ted Haggard said before a gay male hooker came forward to out him. So who’s mistaken, Senator, the cop who filed the report?

www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/28/craig.arrest/index.html

Craig should take a page from Michael Vick’s book (the NFL quarterback canceled a Tom Joyner Morning Show radio “appearance” today, and answered no questions after his Monday press statement), and keep his lips sealed. If not, former “partners”, whether one-night or long term, will come forward, as they did in the cases of Haggard and Sen. David Vitter.

BCB

Rep. Bob Allen’s “Stocky Black Guy” Sex Defense

Disgraced GOP men’s room perv # 1,456, Florida Rep. Bob Allen, resorts to the “Dr. Richard Kimble” defense of his hypocrisy on matters of the flesh:

www.gay.com/news/article.html?2007/08/06/1

What an odd defense? We here at PC are afraid of white men in public parks and rest rooms, but that fear doesn’t lead us to offer them $20 to perform a sex act on us. The Titusville rep is thus not only a sexual hypocrite, but a bigot. A married one, too. Interesting that it took a lewd behavior bust and subsequent interrogation to reveal the representative’s attitudes regarding race.

(and people have the temerity to comment on blogposts here, at other sites, and on talk radio and television that Americans don’t view Michael Vick through a prism of race- they view every Black man through a prism of race)

Why don’t these two-faced legislators just legalize gay marriage and dating, and take it out of the bathroom stall and into the mainstream? The churches don’t have to sanction or perform these weddings if they choose not to- but if justices of the peace and other magistrates did, we could save the GOP a ton of arrests.

BCB

For a Good Time Call Senator Larry Craig

The Idaho Republican leader should resign. He is one of the many hypocrites (disgraced Louisiana Senator David Vitter among them) who called for President Clinton to resign or be impeached. At least Clinton didn’t seek sex in public airports. Why doesn’t the GOP have a private club where men can engage in their trysts, or pay discreet male hookers the likes of Jeff Gannon? Men’s room sex is not about committed relationships or “sanctity of marriage”, it’s about lying to the electorate. Mark Foley stepped down- why shouldn’t Craig?

Here’s a blog that outed Craig long ago:

www.blogactive.com

BCB